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Old 10-27-2008, 02:54 PM
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DIY: Rear-View Camera under $200

Cut all the intro crap, I will just get into the steps.

1.Things to buy
- camera. lol I bought Kenwood CCD-2000 from ebay for $150.
- RCA extension cable. 6ft should be good enough. $10
- 2002 and up REVERSE VW/BMW antenna adapter (EURO A107) $15
(make sure you get REVERSE adapter)
- RCA female plug only (bought it from CircuitCity) $5


2. Before you do anything, enable Back up camera option on HU.
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At center command, press and hold 3 buttons, " hang up , 1 and #. You will see Eng menu in LCD. Go to (option 7, sub menu 7) HU parameter and enable backup camera install.


if you got this part working, then proceed to next step.


3. Make AUX input cable that fits back of HU.
- cut one side of antenna adapter


- closer look


- Solder the wire and RCA plug.


- from Back of HU, connect it to the green plug.


From this point, there isn't much to tell you.
There are 2 GREAT posts on how to install the camera.
https://mbworld.org/forums/c-class-w204/262634-diy-rear-camera-install-w-pics-centered-location.html
and
https://mbworld.org/forums/c-class-w204/254208-diy-i-ve-unleashed-cyclops.html

Jus pick the one you like and follow their step.
I went with 'Rick Hunter's way. I didn't like to feed RCA extension cable through headliner. But it's personal preferance anyways.

Mine works like charm.

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quick question

do you still need to install the VIM for this to work?
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Originally Posted by aprince2die4 View Post
do you still need to install the VIM for this to work?
NO
Rear-view camera has nothing to do with VIM.
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RCA extension cable

Audio or video (RG-58) cable?

BTW great DIY I hope to maybe do it this weekend.

Also this may sound like a stupid question how do you get the head unit out of the dash? Thanks.

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where do you buy the antenna adapter?
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Originally Posted by mb_horseshoe View Post
where do you buy the antenna adapter?
That I can help with. Any good car audio store should have them in stock
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RCA extension cable

Audio or video (RG-58) cable?

BTW great DIY I hope to maybe do it this weekend.

Also this may sound like a stupid question how do you get the head unit out of the dash? Thanks.
it's rca video cable since we are not dealing with any sound. I happend to found one at home just collecting dust.

this is all you need for disassemble.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_5Fkawy-_g
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That I can help with. Any good car audio store should have them in stock
is it the EU-10, EU-20, or EU-30?
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Originally Posted by mb_horseshoe View Post
is it the EU-10, EU-20, or EU-30?
i edited my original post.
it's 2002 and up VW antenna adapter. NOT 2000.
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Just wanted to add my 2 cents for your DIY, great job...Just did mine last weekend. You can save a little hassle by ordering the FAKRA to RCA connector from Mid-City for $21+shipping, I used a 12' RCA connector, just enough if you follow the truck mounted DIY https://mbworld.org/forums/showthrea...57#post3074757 (THANKS TO RICK & VADAR SS)
Also you can see the whole install done by mid-city (only difference is they use their VIM) this is a great resource because it's tricky getting the vent out and the clips to release the COMAND unit.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_5Fkawy-_g
The Mid-City guys were also very cool about helping out.
Cost total about $200, plus 4hrs for the install.
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Alright, so the only thing Im really scared about is installing the actual camera and running lines to the front of the car. Would a place like Circuit City, who installs 3rd party backup cams, install it for me?
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THUMBS UP from Rick Hunter

Nice to see another DIY to an option that should have been offered standard from the dealer in the first place.

So the installation really was THAT easy, eh!
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THUMBS UP from Rick Hunter

Nice to see another DIY to an option that should have been offered standard from the dealer in the first place.

So the installation really was THAT easy, eh!
Thank you.

btw, I wired the grounding to little different place.
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just bought the fakra adapter and the camera. going to do this as soon as the parts come. thanks for the write-up!
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You need to use MS Internet Explorer Browser. When I use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browser I also have the "red x".
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You need to use MS Internet Explorer Browser. When I use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browser I also have the "red x".
Not quite true. I'm using a current version of Firefox and seeing the pic just fine!
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